Australia Red Centre

Days

8

Price per couple

$4,880 USD

Theme 

Walking & Trekking

The outback town of Alice Springs is a travel hub for visitors setting off to the explore the sensational range of natural wonders the Red Centre has to offer. The ancient rock formations of Kata Tjuta (also known as The Olgas) create an amazing landscape of spectacular domes and canyons. An iconic image of outback Australia and a sacred site for the local Aboriginal people, Uluru's remarkable color changes are a wonder to behold.

 

Start: Ayers Rock, Australia

Finish: Alice Springs, Australia            

Countries: Australia

Theme: Walking & Trekking

Physical Rating: 2 out of 5

 

 

Why you'll love this trip

  • This trip provides you with the best guides in the business who know the Australian outback like the back of their hand.
  • Feel like you're in your own bed, but under the stars of the Red Centre. Proper beds, linen, electricity, and cooling fans provide that extra bit of comfort while you camp.
  • Wander through the iconic domes of Kata Tjuta, and gaze in awe at the sacred rock of Uluru.
  • Hike through natural amphitheaters, rocky chasms and lush oases in Kings Canyon.
  • Discover the spiritual importance of the outback landscape to local Aboriginal people.

 

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is a camping tour, so you will spend some nights sleeping in permanent tents.
  • The temperatures in Australia can be quite extreme and it's important to stay hydrated.
  • To get the most out of this trip you need to be prepared for walks.
  • To participate in this trip, you must be prepared to assist with preparing meals, cleaning dishes, collecting firewood, setting up and packing up camp every day, in all conditions.
  • Onward travel must be booked the following day.
  • This trip requires a sleeping bag, you can bring you own or purchase one from us.

Departure Dates

Start: 11-May-2018 Finish: 18-May-2018 Trip Code: OT-GUSI180511
Start: 25-May-2018 Finish: 01-Jun-2018 Trip Code: OT-GUSI180525
     

How to book

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What we need to complete your booking: 

  • Full name, as per passport
  • Personal E-mail & telephone number
  • Date of birth
  • Passport number and nationality
  • Passport issue and expiry dates
  • Emergency contact name and telephone number
  • Dietary and/or medical needs

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Itinerary

After breakfast this morning, you'll be transferred to Sydney airport for your flight to the Red Centre of Australia!  After you land at Ayers Rock Airport, you'll meet your local guide before it’s on to the boulder-strewn landscape of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Wandering through the site’s gullies and crevices, you’ll learn a little about the area’s geological and ecological significance from your guide. Make back to camp as the sun starts to set, arriving in time for our very special 1,000 Star Dinner before sleeping in your twin-share permanent tents.

Note: Total driving time is approximately one hour. Total walking time is around an hour.
 

Accommodation Style – Permanent Tent

There’s no better way to start today than an early morning walk around the world’s biggest rock. With the cool night air still lingering and day-trippers not yet arrived, this is Uluru at its most atmospheric. It might be hard to believe when gazing up this 600-million-year-old monolith from the ground, but the bulk of this rock is believed to lie below the surface. A local indigenous guide will explain a little about the dreamtime stories surrounding the area during a guided interpretive cultural walk. There’ll be time to see the traditional arts and crafts on display at the nearby Cultural Centre before travelling to our campsite in Watarrka National Park.

Note: Total driving time today is around three and a half hours. Total walking time is approximately two hours.
 

Accommodation Style – Permanent Tent

While Kings Canyon is only one of the many attractions within Watarrka National Park, Kings is so impressive that more people know it than the park. After a quick breakfast, we’ll venture into the canyon and start the Rim Walk. Beginning in the vast natural Amphitheatre (where you’re free to test out the acoustics), we’ll enter upon the Lost City and descend into the fern-shaded rock pools of the Garden of Eden. A visit to the imposing North and South Walls is another must before lunch. Then we drive on to Glen Helen in the Western MacDonnell ranges where we camp for the night.

Note: Total driving time takes around five hours. Total walking time is approximately three hours.
 

Accommodation Style –Permanent Tent

Watch the Australian wilds waking up as we begin our walk on the famous Larapinta Trail. We’ll follow the Waterhole trail through Ormiston Pound to Ormiston Gorge – a tranquil little rock pool surrounded by ochre-colored rock walls and white-trunked eucalypts. Black-footed rock wallabies often pop down here for a drink, so keep those peepers peeled.  This is a full 1-day itinerary that will take us through beautiful Ormiston Gorge Pound and is graded Medium difficulty. 
 

Accommodation Style –Permanent Tent

Graded hard difficulty, this challenging 16-mile section of the trail is also through the more scenic part of the trail.  We’ll overnight on night 5 on the banks of the (usually dry) Finke River, the oldest river in the world.  The landscape at this end is dominated by Mt Sonder, the fourth highest mountain in the Northern Territory and a favorite of landscape photographers.
 

Accommodation Style –Swag camping

Today we’ll have an early start as we climb to the top of the iconic Mount Sonder. The Mountain is known traditionally as Rwetyepme, in local Dreaming stories she’s a pregnant woman forever doomed to lay on her back and watching the sky – the mountain’s peaks resembling the woman in the legend.  It’s an arduous climb, but you’ll be well rewarded with a view over the MacDonnell Ranges from its summit. We’ll return to Alice Springs tonight where the group will be dropped at their Alice Springs accommodation.  Tonight, we'll enjoy a goodbye dinner at a local award-winning Alice Springs restaurant.
 

Accommodation Style –Hotel

After a buffet breakfast at your hotel, your morning is free to explore this oasis outback town.  May indigenous art galleries and historical buildings are available and within minutes walking distance.  A pre-arranged private transfer will meet you to transfer you to the Alice Springs airport for your departing flight.

More about your trip

Accommodation

  • Permanent Tents – 5 nights
  • Swag Camping – 2 nights

 

Meals not included

  • Host Couples are responsible for the full cost of group meals, not included in the itinerary, and will be reimbursed by WinShape Marriage upon return from their trip.
  • Additionally, Host Couples are responsible for billing all meal time non-alcoholic drinks to a separate tab which will also be reimbursed upon return.

Transport

  • Air-conditioned vehicle transfers

 

Leader/Guide

  • English Speaking Leader/Driver throughout

 

Airport Transfers

Arrival and departure transfers are included on a group basis. Those arriving outside the scheduled group transfer times can purchase private transfers at an additional cost.

Exclusions

  • International airport departure tax
  • Any visas required
  • Services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Early check in or late check out at hotels
  • Tips for leaders, guide and driver
  • Expenditure of personal nature
  • Personal Insurance
  • Optional activities
  • Host Couples will be reimbursed for all additional expenses upon return*

 

 

Package Price

In order to book, a non-refundable deposit of USD 800 per couple is required and the remaining balance is due 60 days prior to departure. Single supplements must be requested at the time of booking. All transfers, pre-trip and post-trip accommodations must be requested 90 days prior to departure.

Pricing per couple: $4,880 USD

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This trip is a private departure and is exempt from any promotions, sales and discounts advertised. 

 

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